Thankful for hard things

Thankful for hard things

Today’s post is from Soles4Souls’ CEO, Buddy Teaster:  We’re headed into the season of gratitude. It will, no doubt (if history is any guide) be overshadowed by mobbed malls, jammed parking lots and many people at their acquisitive worst. But the gratitude will seep...
Shoes for Jacob

Shoes for Jacob

Today’s post is from Soles4Souls’ CEO, Buddy Teaster:  Anyone who knows me at all, knows that I usually have a Starbucks cup in my hand. When it’s warm, a trente iced green tea. When it’s cold, a venti zen tea. My daughter recently told me that it’s a part of my...
Always a story to tell

Always a story to tell

Today’s post is from Soles4Souls’ CEO, Buddy Teaster:  Last year about this time, thousands of people were dead and millions were homeless in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan. It would be the equivalent, more or less, of wiping out the Phoenix metro area –...
Season of fear

Season of fear

Today’s post is from Soles4Souls’ CEO, Buddy Teaster:  I love where I go to church. It’s one of the more thought provoking hours of my week. Even when I’m not able to go, I usually watch the sermon later on Facebook. This past weekend was no exception. TOTAL...
The secret inside

The secret inside

Today’s post is from Soles4Souls’ CEO, Buddy Teaster:  I recently read this short piece called “Hidden Star” that I’ve been wanting to write about. For me, it’s also tied to my post from last week “time to do the math” making me think hard about how much time I...
Time to do the math

Time to do the math

Today’s post is from Soles4Souls’ CEO, Buddy Teaster:  I’m a pretty positive guy. I usually look for the silver lining, no matter how heavy the rain. I also like to think I can wrestle honestly with tough issues and big questions. But a recent headline in an article...
Who deserves what?

Who deserves what?

Today’s post is from Soles4Souls’ CEO, Buddy Teaster:  A word that I think about a lot is “deserve.” I hear it in statements like “you deserve a medal” and “I deserve a treat for that job well done.” It was part of one of the most successful, long-lasting advertising...
Forgiveness is a tricky thing

Forgiveness is a tricky thing

Today’s post is from Soles4Souls’ CEO, Buddy Teaster:  This past week marked Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish New Year. While I know only a little bit about all the traditions around one of the faith’s holiest of holidays, the part that has always stuck with...
Rockstar Donor: Traci Weinstein

Rockstar Donor: Traci Weinstein

At eight months old, Traci was adopted from Guatemala. Now, as a 10 year old in the Rochester, NY area, she is doing her part to help the people of her native country! Traci, along with her mom and her sister Brooke, set a goal of collecting 25,000 pairs of shoes for...
What is home?

What is home?

Today’s post is from Soles4Souls’ CEO, Buddy Teaster:  Yesterday, I flew into Nashville on an early flight. As we descended, and the green hills and skyline became more and more defined, I had this incredible feeling of both excitement and peace. Excitement because of...